|Here's a portion of the map that is still quite well-preserved...|
|...and here it is "in context" on the floor of the church. I had to examine the other art closely to realize that all the other representations are also mosaics.|
|And here's Chris standing next to the map diagram outside the church that helps make sense of the mosaic inside.|
|Of course, there needs to be a mosaic of the church's namesake, St. George, carrying on with his slaying duties.|
In addition to its mosaics -- old and new -- Madaba is also home to many rug weavers, and shops that sell their wonderful and colorful work. It also boasts a sand artist who is simultaneously the fastest and the best artisan of those I have seen in Amman, Petra or Aqaba. And it has lovely cafes and simple hole-in-wall shops that sell a very tasty and cheap dish of cut-up roasted chicken and shrek bread smeared with a vivid red sumac-based sauce.
|Sadly, I lost the scrap of paper I used to write down this sand artist's name. But I am certainly going to head back to his shop when I return to Madaba because he is amazing!|